Posted on August 19, 2011

Georgetown Basketball Players Brawl with Chinese Team

New York Post, August 18, 2011

What was supposed to be a friendly exhibition between the Georgetown basketball team and a Chinese pro team descended into a chaotic brawl Thursday, as players threw punches and chairs at one another.

According to the Washington Post, the benches-clearing melee erupted in the fourth quarter as Georgetown played the Bayi Rockets of the Chinese Basketball Association.

A Georgetown University spokesman told CBS Sports no one was injured, calling it a “tense situation.”

The game was unusually physical, with 28 fouls assessed to Georgetown and 11 to the Rockets, according to the report. When Georgetown guard Jason Clark was fouled hard by Rockets forward-center Hu Ke, the two got into a shoving match, and the bedlam began.

Head coach John Thompson III pulled his team off the court as fans threw plastic water bottles at his players.

Tensions were reportedly building throughout the contest. Earlier in the game, a Rockets player yelled at Thompson during a timeout, and later in the second half Georgetown forward Nate Lubick exchanged words with a Rockets player.


At the time of the fight, the game was tied at 64 with nine minutes remaining.